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The BBC National Short Story Award 2010

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Featuring the five short-listed stories for the BBC National Short Story Award, this collection brings together a high-caliber group of new and established British authors exploring human relationships at their most dysfunctional and yet sustaining. Splintered families, the persistence of love, the public versus the private, and the plight of the outsider provide recurring ...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published November 25th 2010)
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Feb 28, 2016 Tomo20 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Fine collection of short stories. Literary without being precious. Each distinct enough from the other, though the book forms a cohesive whole. The stand out for me was Butcher's Perfume, a story that would be strong in any collection.
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Feb 21, 2016 R A Lynch rated it really liked it
A lovely collection which has something to say to us in each story, and although there are different voices in different settings, there is a literary quality to them all which while holding it together as a collection also at times drains it of its life and novelty. The stories are best read separately lest they merge into a human river of literary prose. From the length of sentences to choice of vocabulary and syntax, the rhythm of the pieces follow a safe and steady pattern, apart from Butche ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Frances rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A great selection of stories I think each one is really strong, normally there's one that brings down the collection for you but I thought each was strong in it's own way. Still not sure who won, but perhaps I should have read the introduction?

Tea at the Midland by David Constantine
This story reveals the relationship between a man and woman in a really nice unfolding way. We feel both of the emotions even though they are not 'explained' and the lady's inward thoughts that are of an intellectual
Feb 03, 2011 Kirsten rated it liked it
The story by Sarah Hall "Butcher's Perfume" is outstanding. Way better than any of the others, although I did also enjoy the mood of "Tea at the Midland" by David Constantine. Anyway, am very pleased to have discovered Sarah Hall.
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Born in Salford in 1944, David Constantine worked for thirty years as a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published several volumes of poetry, most recently, Nine Fathom Deep (2009). He is a translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet. In 2003 his translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger's Lighter Than Air won the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for Eu ...more
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